My #1 Piece of Home Organizing Advice

Are you ready? It's very simple. Here it is:

KEEP THE THING IN THE PLACE WHERE YOU USE THE THING.

Here are some examples:

  1. Get dressed in your bedroom? Keep your clothes in there!
  2. Put your shoes and coat on only before walking out the door? Keep them next to the door you use the most!
  3. Make coffee in the mornings? Keep the coffee and the mugs near the coffee pot!
  4. Kids do extracurriculars like swimming or soccer? Keep their gear in a bag near the door so you--better yet, THEY!--can grab it and go!
  5. Stir things on your stove? Keep the utensils in a container near the stove!
  6. Have a dishwasher and ever empty it? Keep your dishes in a nearby cupboard!
  7. Cook? Keep your staples handy--even better, sort them by type (e.g., spices, baking, canned goods)
  8. Like to snuggle up on the couch and read books? Keep the books near the couch!

Follow this advice and you will find that everything suddenly is very convenient.